Will Smith’s new film “Amensipation” to release in December—his first major project since InfamousAt the Oscars in March. Smith posted a trailer for the film on his social media pages and called it “the hardest film I’ve ever seen”.
“Blood, sweat and tears… Literally! Shout out to Apple who doubled (and tripled) their commitment to bring this epic story to the world,” he wrote on Monday.
The film centers around Smith’s character, Peter, a slave man who escapes from a Louisiana plantation and makes his way north. According to Apple, the film was inspired by 1863 photographs of “Whipped Peter”. One of the images – known as “The Scoured Back” – shows Peter’s bare back being whipped by his slaves and has proved instrumental in changing public sentiment against slavery.
“Imensions” will be released in theaters on December 2 and will be available for streaming on Apple+ on December 9.
The film premiered at an advanced screening during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 51st Annual Legislative Convention over the weekend. NAACP President Derrick Johnson was in attendance and praised the film.
The film’s release date was announced more than six months after Smith slapped Rock on stage during the Academy Awards ceremony. Smith hit the rock after joking about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. The Rock compares Pinkett Smith to the film character “GI Jane” because she is bald because of her diagnosis.
Smith publicly apologized to The Rock, and the Academy announced that Smith would be banned from any of their programs for 10 years following the incident. While Smith also resigned from the Academy, he deserves to be nominated and win.